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  • D is for Deadbeat: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Mary Peiffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    He calls himself Alvin Limardo, and the job he has for Kinsey is cut-and-dried: locate a kid who's done him a favor and pass on a check for $25,000. Stiffed for the retainer, Kinsey finds out Limardo's real name is John Daggett...ex-con, ex-liar, ex-alcoholic, currently dead.

    Simone says: "D is for: Don’t Read My Review"
    "D is for: Don’t Read My Review"
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    …not because I didn’t like the book – I liked it a lot - but because my review won’t tell you anything about the story.

    If you are already a fan, you don’t need my help; you already know the series is great.

    I am driving through the last few titles I haven’t read to get caught up with the series: K, S, A, T, C, Q, U, L, N, V, M, R, J, I, P, A (again), B, and D done. E, F, G, H, and O to go!

    W is already on pre-order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Dublin's Fair City: Molly Murphy Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    Overall
    (207)
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    (179)
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    Molly Murphy's beau Captain Daniel Sullivan may be out of jail on bail, but he's still a ways from clearing his name, and his foul mood has Molly in search of a little breathing room when providence steps in in the form of a proposition from New York City's renowned theatrical impresario Tommy Burke. America has been very good to Tommy, and now that he's getting on in years, he'd like to pass some of that good fortune on to his family back in Ireland.

    Simone says: "Such a Fun Series!"
    "Such a Fun Series!"
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    I love this series! The more episodes I read, the more I want to read; I am glad there are many more instalments ahead.

    This one had me rolling my eyes on multiple occasions because it was a little heavy on the lucky coincidences, but so what – I still enjoyed it.

    On to book 7!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oh Danny Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In turn-of-the-century New York City, Irish immigrant Molly Murphy is contemplating giving up PI work for something a little less complicated, less exciting. Molly has had quite enough excitement recently, thank you very much. Especially from the handsome but deceptive NYPD captain Daniel Sullivan, whom she'd like to avoid completely. But when Daniel is accused of accepting bribes and lands himself in the Tombs, the notorious city jail, he begs Molly to help prove he was framed, and after everything they've been through, she cannot turn him down.

    Simone says: "Delightful!"
    "Delightful!"
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    The more instalments I read, the more I love Molly and her escapades!

    On to book 6!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Seamstress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sara Tuvel Bernstein, Louise Loots Thornton, Marlene Bernstein Samuels
    • Narrated By Wanda McCaddon
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    Told with the same old-fashioned narrative power as the novels of Herman Wouk, The Seamstress is the true story of Seren (Sara) Tuvel Bernstein and her survival during wartime. This powerful eyewitness account of survival, told with power and grace, will stay with listeners for years to come.

    Karen says: "Thankfully a happy ending to the nightmare"
    "Another Riveting Holocaust Memoir"
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    How many books like this have I read? They are always good. Human resilience is amazing… and sadly, so is cruelty.

    This recollection of suffering and surviving through hard times was just as riveting as the others, and therefore another must-read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Like Flynn

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (254)
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    A woman private eye in a man's world, Molly Murphy is having a hard time succeeding as a New York shamus. That's why she agrees to go undercover for the NYPD to expose a pair of spiritualist sisters as con-artists even though the offer comes from police captain Daniel Sullivan. Sullivan had once won Molly's heart - until she discovered he already had a socialite fiancée and an upcoming wedding. Now Molly's masquerading as a cousin from Ireland at the Hudson River mansion of Senator Barney Flynn. Flynn's invalid wife hopes the psychic sisters can contact her dead son, kidnaped and lost in a sensational crime.

    Amazon Customer says: "The book is excellent but there are audio issues"
    "I love Molly Murphy expect for …."
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    …all the pondering!! It’s a bit much and can become rather tedious at times.

    Aside from that one and only complaint, I’m having a great time working my way through the series; so glad I came across it! On to Book 5!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Auschwitz: A Doctor's Eyewitness Account

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Miklos Nyiszli, Richard Seaver (translator), Tibere Kremer (translator)
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Simone says: "Bad Narration"
    "Bad Narration"
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    It’s hard to criticize the content of someone’s personal recollections of what they experienced in harrowing times. It's interesting, I'm interested.

    I think these things are important to learn about and remember. In some itsy bitsy way it’s giving meaning to their lives.

    The narration of this audiobook however was so poor that sadly it’s about all I am taking away from it. Monotone, staccato, no emotion, unvarying in pitch, no intonation, mechanical… such a shame; it ruined the book for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Illegal Alien

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Robert J. Sawyer
    • Narrated By Joe Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
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    (118)
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    When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. Now, an alien is tried in a court of law -and there may be far more at stake than accounting for one human life.

    Joyce E McBride says: "What more could you want?"
    "Sci-Fi-Courtroom-Drama?? Yes!!"
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    Yet again Sawyer hits ANOTHER home run!

    What a great story! I just loved it – glued to the developments and did not want to put it down.

    I expected nothing less from this author; terrific!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Copenhagen Connection

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    Overall
    (37)
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    (22)
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    Elizabeth Jones, vacationing from her New York publishing job, is off to do touristy things in Denmark: gawk at the Little Mermaid, stroll in the Tivoli...look for a missing person? The plane ride itself had turned out to be Kismet, introducing Elizabeth to her idol, Nobel Prize-winning historian and famed eccentric Margaret Rosenberg and her long-suffering son, Christian.

    eileen hash says: "Light Entertainment"
    "What Just Happened?"
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    As you may already know, I like to read books set in places I’ve visited so I was looking forward to this adventure in Copenhagen.

    It fell flat for me. What was it? Comedy? Slapstick? A Danish Caper? Thriller-Mystery? I didn’t really get it.

    Certain segments were entertaining enough, and some parts did make me laugh, I must admit… but were they supposed to?

    Overall, it barely rates above a “meh”.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Hazel Gaynor
    • Narrated By Connor Kelly-Eiding, Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman…. Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home poignantly blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

    Simone says: "Great Idea – Awful Execution"
    "Great Idea – Awful Execution"
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    I hate it when that happens! When a good idea for a tale is ruined by a poorly written story… it’s so annoying!

    I was looking forward to a good book and the idea was promising but the execution was a huge let down, packed with clichés and eye rolling coincidences and silly developments; such a shame.

    The book was: Insipid. Cliché. Formulaic. Trite. Simple. Flat. Predictable… Pick any one, they all fit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1369)
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    (1286)
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    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "More of the Same: The Good and The Bad"
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    Jamie gets hurt, Claire performs a bunch of operations, war’s a-brewing, a zillion various calamities… you know: The Usual.

    If you love all the characters, you’ll love this latest instalment in the series. I don’t love them all and so I was alternatively interested and bored. To quote myself from Book 7: “I could not care less about William and Ralf and Murray and Lord So and So the Mohawks and the various battles and the impending Revolution with all the planning and plotting.”

    I do however like the Roger / Brianna story line, and was INSANELY annoyed by the ending. I won’t say more to avoid a spoiler… suffice it to say I am sure Book 9 is in the works.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paris in Love: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Eloisa James
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    In 2009 Eloisa James took a leap that many people dream about: She sold her house, took a sabbatical from her job, and moved her family to Paris. Paris in Love: A Memoir chronicles her joyful year in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With no classes to teach, no committee meetings to attend, no lawn to mow, Eloisa revels in the ordinary pleasures of life - discovering corner museums that tourists overlook, chronicling Frenchwomen’s sartorial triumphs, walking from one end of Paris to another.

    CathyGrace says: "Interesting"
    "Random Neural Firings - Parisian Style!"
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    The more I read it, the better it got.

    I wasn’t sure I‘d enjoy this book based on the way it started: random neural firings written in point form - like reading Twitter or Facebook status updates.

    At first, it didn’t seem to flow; it felt jumpy and disjointed… yet the next thing I knew, I was totally into it!

    I wonder if you could get as much out of it if you’ve never been to Paris, I think a lot of the fun is to remember yourself in the places she is writing about.

    Overall, quite enjoyable… a nice way to spend an afternoon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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